A lot of people like to play symantics when discussing this disaster. It's oil and there's lots of it by all accounts 5000bbls/day is a lot of oil.
That's the low low low ball figure on what's coming out.
The point about spraying dispursants is that spraying them into the leak itself keeps a lot of the oil under the surface as the dispersants makes the
oil heavier than water. Deep water currents are carrying this oil god knows where and it's impossible to track. This helps with damage control as
if the whole amount leaking hit the surface then the true magnitude of this disaster would become known to the public while they buy themselves time
to limit their liability in court.
The longer they keep the true magnitude of the spill hidden the more time it buys BP to tie up the legal ends and limit their liability. I've heard
they want to limit their liability to $75 Billion. Well to my math that leaves them well short of the estimated $1 Trillion in damage this spill will
As you can see by the DATA
here BP could more than handle the $75 Billion and not have
too dire of an effect on their share prices. That's all this is about $$$$$$$$.
The problem with this disaster and dirlling in regions like the Gulf of Mexico is the rock structure the oil is located in. It's reported to be very
pourous and often good for well producers as oil from other deposits seaps into the well once enough pressure is taken off the deposit. This is also
bad for something like this. The other dangers of deep well drilling (20000-40000') is the fact that the Earth's crust is a lot hotter at those
depths as you are getting closer to the magma center. With not enough known about tectonics and crustal activity near these well sites it's entirely
possible to tap a well that sits on a particularly thin part of the crust. This would lead to constant heating of the oil and gas deposit causing
expansion of the contents.
Like the sea looking for a pinprick hole in a submarine to come in, I feel this is one of those examples of them literaly hitting a pressure cooker.
The only problem is that they can't put out the fire and it going to continue to boil.
So let me ask this? What happens when the rigs drilling the relief wells blow up as well? Then what are we going to do?
Here's a MAP
from Haliburton of the type of
underground structure they are facing with drilling in the Gulf. The reason the Gulf is soo rich in oil and gas is that every Ice Age drained down
the Mississipi Valley carrying all that dead organic matter with it.
As Tyler warns you at the beginning of Fight Club.
Don't believe everything you read. Dig a little, don't dismiss things right away because it doesn't jive with your understanding of the
Now I'm going to follow Tyler's advice, where's my GF. Damn she's at work.